In order to better understand someone’s work it’s sometimes helpful to have some insight into what they think about. Listed here are a number of books in my collection, which you may also enjoy. I’ve sorted them into the following categories:
1. “Slavic Sorcery: Shamanic Journey of Initiation” Kenneth Johnson Llewellyn Publications, 1998. Very illuminating discussion of the author’s experiences with modern day shamans in the former Soviet Union.
2. “The Mathematics of the Cosmic Mind” L. Gordon Plummer The Theosophical Publishing House, 1970. I reread this book every now and then. The beauty and wisdom revealed in this book is astonishing.
3. “Secrets of Shamanism” Jose Stevens Avon Books, 1988
4. “Yantra- The Tantric Symbol of Cosmic Unity” Madhu Khanna Thames and Hudson, 1994. Superbly illustrated and diagramed text about the yantra as a tool for ritual and meditation.
5. “Voodoo in Haiti” Alfred Metraux Schocken Books, 1972. A very informative, though somewhat detached discussion of voodoo in Haiti
6. “The Secret Teachings of All Ages” Manly P. Hall The Philosophical Research Society, 1988
7. “Working with your Chakras” Ruth White Samuel Weiser, 1994. A good book describing the chakras as well as recommendations for chakra meditation and healing.
8. “Circular Evidence” Pat Delgado & Colin Andrews Phanes Press, 1989. Contains many photographs of the crop circles created and discovered in England during the late 1980′s.
9. “The Mammoth Dictionary of Symbols” Nadia Julien Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1996
10. “Dictionary of Symbols” Carl G. Liungman Norton, 1991
11. “The Lost Covenant” J.M. Sckrabulis Eclipse Productions, 1997 Written by my good friend and one of the most intelligent people I know, Joan unravels the clues to the cosmic cross and associated lunar and solar eclipses in mid 1999. I highly recommend this for your personal research.
12. “The Complete Book of Spells, Ceremonies & Magic” Migene Gonzalez-Wippler Llewellyn Publishers, 1996.
13. “World Religions From Ancient History to the Present” Geoffrey Parrinder Facts on File Publishers, 1971.
14. “The Secret Doctrine, Vol 1- Cosmogenesis and Vol 2- Anthropogenesis” H.P. Blavatsky Theosophical Press, 1988. Of course these are required reading for this type of research.
15. “Point and Line to Plane” Wassily Kandinsky Dover, 1979. Required reading.
1. “Primal Myths: creation myths around the world” Barbara C. Sproul Harper Collins, 1991. As the title implies, this book is a catalogue of sorts of creation explanations of cultures across the globe.
2. “Old Polish Legends” F.C. Anstruther Hippocrene Books, 1991
3. “Canyon Country Prehistoric Rock Art” F.A. Barnes Wasatch Publishers, 1982 This is a great field guide for the American Southwest. I used this book in 1992 when in Arizona and New Mexico studying petroglyphs.
4. “Sacred Images” Leslie Kelen Gibbs & Smith, 1996 Absolutely fabulous color photos of Native American petroglyphs. If you study petroglyphs, or simply need a striking coffee table book, here you are.
5. “African Spirit Images and Identities” Siroto Pace Editions, 1976 Great black and white photos of masks, fetishes, etc.
6. “America B.C.” Barry Fell Pocket Books, 1989 This is an eye opening work discussing the evidence of Druids, Phoenicians, and so on in North America thousands of years ago.
7. “Visual Metaphors” Evelyn Payne Hatcher University of New Mexico Press, 1974. This work is a methodological analysis of the plastic elements in symbols, icons, and decorations of cultures across the world.
8. “Stone Magic of the Ancients” James R. Cunkle Golden West, 1996. If you want great black and white photos of Native American petroglyphs, this is it.
9. “Before Writing- From Counting to Cuneiform” Denise Schmandt-Besserat The University of Texas Press, 1992. An academic text which discusses how writing, as far back as Mesopotamia, evolved through thousands of years of experience with manipulation of symbols, tokens, etc. Lots of black and white photographs of clay tokens, cuneiform texts, and so on.
10. “The Primal Mind: Vision and Reality in Indian America” Jamake Highwater Meridian, 1991. Excellent book which contrasts how vision, sound, space, and so on are perceived differently by different cultures.
11. “The Maya“ Michael D. Coe Thames and Hudson, 1993. An overview of the Mayan civilization, covering lineage, landscape, environment, politics, culture, art. Especially nice about this book (and the reason I bought it in the first place) is that it is full of photographs and illustrations of artifacts, alphabet, and so on.
12. “Maya Hieroglyphs” Sylvanus Griswold Morley Dover, 1975. I picked up this book while visiting the PetŽn region of Guatemala. While focusing primarily on dating records expressed by the glyphs, the author does a nice job of distilling style differences between different glyphs with common “meanings”. This simple notion, illuminated by this book, helped me a great deal in my own contemplations of these images.
13. “The Prehistory of Sex: Four Million Years of Human Sexual Culture” Timothy Taylor, Bantam Books, 1997.
14. “Voices of the First Day: Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime” Robert Lawlor, Inner Traditions International, 1991.
1. “Hung Hunt” a.s.b.l. Foundation van Hung, 1998 A duography featuring works of my friend and colleague, Nguyen van Hung. My copy was given to me by Hung.
2. “Tˆpies, Objects of Time” Gloria Moure Ediciones Poligrafa, S.A., 1995 Rich with photographs and discussion of the work of Antoni Tˆpies as well as his creative process. While the discussion and analysis of Tˆpies’ work is excellent and offers much food for thought, the author’s aversion to the use of words containing less than twelve letters and her affinity toward quarter page-long sentences makes for substantial rereading after most paragraphs.
3. “Carroll Dunham Paintings and Drawings” Plous University of Washington Press, 1996
4. “Howard Ben TrŽ” The Phillips Collection, 1990
5. “The Spiritual in Art, Abstract Painting 1890-1985″ Maurice Tuchman Abbeville Press, 1986. Much maligned in the press, but a bible of sorts to those of us working with the spiritual aspects of art.
6. “Martin Puryear” Neal Benezra Thames and Hudson, 1991 A wonderfully illustrated book of Puryear’s work.
7. “Clyde Connell” Charlotte Moser University of Texas Press, 1988. If you’re not familiar with Ms. Connell’s sculpture, you will enjoy perusing this book.
8. “The Nasher Collection, A Century of Sculpture” Carmen Gimenez The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 1996
9. “Joseph Beuys” Heiner Stachelhaus Abbeville Press, 1987.
10. “Paul Klee at the Guggenheim Museum” Lisa Dennison The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 1993
11. “Basquiat, Schnabel” Rooseum, Malmš, 1989 Good color repros of Jean-Michel Basquat’s paintings
12. “Arshile Gorky, the Breakthrough Years” Michael Auping Rizzoli, 1995
13. “Willem de Kooning, Drawing Seeing/Seeing Drawing” Klaus Kertess Arena Editions, 1998
14. “Jackson Pollock” Kirk Varnedoe The Museum of Modern Art, NY, 1998 This book accompanies the Pollock retrospective at the MOMA. It is wonderfully illustrated but also contains some very interesting discussion and photos of Pollock’s studio space.
15. “Arthur Dove: a retrospective” Debra Bricker Balken The MIT Press, 1997
16. “Robert Motherwell: What art holds” Mary Ann Caws Columbia University Press, 1996.
17. “Cy Twombly” Kirk Varnedoe The Museum of Modern Art, NY, 1994. This book accompanies the Twombly retrospective at the MOMA.
18. “Eros Overground” Jean-Marie Brouyére Galerij Negende Kunst- Uitgeverij Gibraltar, 1993. A book of work by my good friend Jean-Marie. In his own words, “Le sexe, ce lieu du corps, si mysterieux, si fragile, en verite, ne peut agresser personne.”
19. “Tony Cragg” Germano Celant Thames and Hudson, 1996.
1. “StŽphane MallarmŽ: Collected Poems” Translated by Henry Weinfield University of California Press, 1994
2. “Artificial Paradises” Charles Baudelaire The Citadel Press, 1996. Contains Baudelaire’s classic work on opium and wine.
3. “Thomas Paine- Rights of Man” Thomas Paine Penguin Classics, 1984. One of my all time favorite treatises.
4. “The Prophet” Kahlil Gibran Alfred Knopf, 1991. This wonderful book of poetry was given to me as a going away gift by my friend Patti Franklin, when I moved from Danbury Connecticut.
5. “Selected Poems of Ezra Pound” New Directions, 1957.
6. “Pale Fire” Vladimir Nabokov Vintage International, 1989
7. “Invitation to a Beheading” Vladimir Nabokov Vintage International, 1989
8. “Despair” Vladimir Nabokov Vintage International, 1989
9. “The Trial” Franz Kafka Vintage Books, 1969
10. “The Castle” Franz Kafka Vintage Books, 1969
11. “The Devil & The Good Lord” Jean-Paul Sartre Vintage Books, 1960
12. “No Exit” Jean-Paul Sartre Vintage Books, 1955
13. “Dirty Hands” Jean-Paul Sartre Vintage Books, 1955
14. “The Flies” Jean-Paul Sartre Vintage Books, 1955
15. “The Respectful Prostitute” Jean-Paul Sartre Vintage Books, 1955
16. “The Short Novels of Dostoevsky” Dostoevsky Dial Press, 1945
17. “A Kierkegaard Anthology“ Robert Bretall The Modern Library, 1946
18. “Listening to Prozac” Peter D. Kramer Penguin Books, 1993
19. “War against War” Ernst Friedrich The Real Comet Press, 1987 An extensive collection of positively gruesome, startling, real- uncensored photos of the results of World War I, commented in four languages.
20. “Cacti” Clive Innes Portland House, 1991. An extensive catalogue of cacti, profusely illustrated with color photos.
21. “Elements of Geology” James Zumberge Wiley and Sons, 1958. Geology text book which happens to have nice pictures of Cambrian and Devonian life forms.